Portuguese League: FC Porto-SC Braga (Match Report)

FC Porto 4-1 SC Braga (Estádio do Dragão), 30 September 2022 – match report below

Line-up (4x3x3): Diogo Costa, Rodrigo Conceição, Pepe, David Carmo, Wendell; Uribe, Eustáquio, Bruno Costa; Pepê, Taremi, Evanilson

Also played: Zaidu, Grujic, Otávio, Galeno and Veron.

We’re back in business! After a series of bad results leading into the 2 week break, Porto really needed to win last night – it didn’t matter how, they just needed a win. And they got one. A convincing one at that. Porto weren’t as dominant as the final score may suggest, but they were the better team overall and deserved to win.


Portuguese League: GD Estoril Praia-FC Porto (Match Report)

GD Estoril Praia 1-1 FC Porto (Estádio António Coimbra da Mota), 17 September 2022 – match report below

Line-up (4x4x2): Diogo Costa, Rodrigo Conceição, Fábio Cardoso, David Carmo, Zaidu; Uribe, Eustáquio, André Franco, Pepê; Taremi, Evanilson

Also played: Grujic, Galeno, Veron, Loader and Toni Martinez.

The woes continue. Another horrible first-half resulted in Porto being down at half-time. It was only 1 goal, but could have been more. Lack of aggression, bad individual mistakes and some puzzling tactical decisions have resulted in Porto looking like a really ordinary team. However, the key issue is really roster construction. There is a gaping hole in midfield and this is not going to be resolved until, most likely, next season.


Portuguese League: FC Vizela-FC Porto (Match Report)

FC Vizela 0-1 FC Porto (Estádio do Clube de Vizela), 14 August 2022 – match report below

Line-up (4x1x2x1x2): Diogo Costa, João Mário, Pepe, Marcano, Zaidu; Uribe, Grujic, Pepê, Danny Loader; Taremi, Evanilson

Also played: Eustáquio, Otávio, Galeno, Veron and Toni Martinez.

Another win for Porto, but this one was really tough. Vizela was a formidable opponent who created a lot of problems, on offense and on defence. Some of the issues I had identified in previous games really came to light in this game. I hope this was an eye opener for Sérgio ahead of the match against Sporting, because if we play this way next week it won’t end well.


Sergio Conceição: more than just a coach

Whilst planning out what I would write about in this blog, the first thing that came to my mind was to dedicate my first full post to Sérgio Conceição. He is more than just a coach; he is a true legend of this club and deserves the appropriate recognition. However, the match against Monaco took precedence so I started there. But I think it’s really important to stress how amazing of a job he has done and why he is absolutely integral to this team’s success, so here we go.